Deadlock between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) has been sorted out after a high-level contact between both the Parties.
According to a local news agency, PML-N has assured Political Parties including PPP that it would cast vote in favour 18th amendment’s draft, which was prepared by Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PCCR).
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani after detail meeting with his advisor and Chairman PCCR Mian Raza Rabbani and Party central leader Syed Khursheed Shah met Chief JUI-F Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman.
During the meeting, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman assured his complete support to Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to get approval of draft of 18th amendment from the Parliament.
Later, on the directives of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chairman PCCR Raza Rabbani and Federal Minister Syed Khursheed Shah met PML-N leaders including Ishaq Dar and Khawaja Saad Rafique.
During the meeting, Khawaja Saad Rafique told PPP big guns that his Party also wants approval of draft of 18th amendment from the Parliament. “We had some differences which we have expressed but our point of view is being taken in wrong sense”, he said.
Differences with regard to appointment of judges as well as new nomenclature for the NWFP would be resolved in upcoming days, he said. Khawaja Saeed Rafique went on to say that his Party would not create any hurdle in approval of draft of 18th amendment from the Parliament. We would also cast vote in favour of draft of 18th amendment, he said.
Central leader PPP Syed Khursheed Shah also met Khawaja Asif and Javed Hashmi and discussed current situation especially deadlock over draft of 18th amendment. Speaking at the occasion, Syed Khursheed Shah assured PML-N leaders that his Government would take PML-N into confidence over every decision on national interest. We are facing crucial time and democratic forces would have to win, he said. If we fail then nation and history would not forgive us, he said.
The Premier also contacted senior leadership of PML-N and requested them to support Government in getting approval of draft of 18th amendment from the Parliament, sources said. The senior leadership of PML-N assured the Premier that their Party would not create hurdle in getting approval of 18th amendment from the Parliament.
Sources said that the Premier has also decided to continue both session of house and draft of 18th amendment would be tabled before the National Assembly and Senate soon.